ARTICLE: ACHIEVING HIGHER LEVELS OF SPIRITUALITY
 
Published In Turtle River Press July-August 2000

 by Rose Ann Schwab

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Achieving Higher Levels of Spirituality
 
Published In Turtle River Press July-August 2000

 by Rose Ann Schwab

“How do we reach higher levels of spirituality?” This is the question that I am asked most in my practice. In order to reach higher levels of spirituality we need to throw out limiting ideas and concepts of spirituality as well as the way we look at the higher sources- God/Goddess/Universe/All That Is.

Spirituality is not just a connection to religion, faith or beliefs. Rather, it is an actual way of living, of integrating goodness into our personal, professional and business life.  Spirituality is treating other souls with compassion, kindness, respect, acceptance, integrity, and honesty.

When spirituality is integrated into our personal, professional and business lives and we actually live spiritually, our souls advance to higher levels. These levels include awareness of three gifts given by the Higher Sources or Universe. We are all gifted in these three areas and we all use these talents at one point or another.

These spiritual gifts are creative abilities, spiritual abilities in wisdom, knowledge and understanding as well as psychic abilities. All three of these abilities lie within each one of us. Many of us use them. Many of us don’t realize we have them, so these gifts lie dormant within. Some of us are afraid or skeptical of these abilities, yet in time we often begin to realize it is normal to have these gifts.

As we advance in one of these gifts, the other two advances also. One will not advance without the other two. Many times we use these gifts but do not admit to them, or we call them by other names. When we use our psychic ability, for example, we often call it gut instinct or intuition.  Whatever name we use, it is the same concept.

Many individuals won’t use the word psychic because of the image, or stigma associated with it. Whether we choose to admit and accept it or not, being psychic, spiritual and creative is within each of us. We don’t see individuals having problems with the word “creative,” but they often do with the words “ spiritual” and “psychic.” It is interesting what we often choose to accept or oppress.

In my workshops and lectures I tell students that spiritual development is the recognition, development and use of each of these three gifts in a responsible manner with understanding and wisdom.

The key to spiritual advancement is to advance all three of these areas and work in unity with other like-minded souls.

The time is coming when these gifts will no longer lie dormant and will be abundantly found and used worldwide. Telepathy will no longer be for a few, but commonly used as a means of communication. We can fully develop our gifts, being responsible for our actions, words and deeds.

Full development comes with practice and exercise. Prayer and meditation, connecting to the Higher Source, is our vehicle for advancement. Acceptance of abilities and gifts, along with trust in how to develop and use them in a responsible manner, is part of the key to growth.

Spirituality of being psychic is nothing to be ashamed of. It is not something that should be hidden away, for fear of ridicule. Those who don’t understand this deep form of spirituality, creativity and psychic abilities.

If we allow fear to control us, we will not advance and may block connections to the Higher Source. Blockage in one area can also affect the chakras that are within and outside of our body. When these areas are blocked, we may experience bad karma, and we often go through a period of learning hard lessons.

We must accept these situations, learn from them and grow, going beyond to the next point of advancement. In this way we are helping to unblock the chakras. We must look deep into why we are carrying fear or blockage. Is someone trying to guide us and assist us to realize that our actions, deeds or words toward ourselves or others may be wrong or hurtful?

Once we start actually listening, it is surprising how much we are being assisted or guided in some manner or another, but we just brush it off. Our logical minds often find an excuse or reason that is far different than the reality of what has occurred. This is simply because we are often not ready to face and accept the truth that we have gifts and abilities. When we know the truth and deep meaning behind spirituality, we can advance to the Higher Source. Our advancement can be fast or slow, depending on each individual and what the Higher Source feels we can handle. We are never given more knowledge, understanding or advancement that we can handle.

To advance spiritually, psychically and creatively we must take the time needed for advancement. I recommend setting up a specific time if possible at least two times a day, morning and afternoon, to practice, meditate, pray or even chant. Make sure your phone, children, etc. do no interrupt you. Going to a quiet spot outside in nature can be revitalizing. If you can’t get out, go to a room that is reserved for your personal time and needs. Allow at least 20-30 minutes.

When you begin to open your chakras and connect with energy, you must allow time for the positive energy flow to come in and fill your body throughout, reaching every chakra, every organ and every nerve. As you allow this positive energy flow to fill you, and you open your body chakras, the higher and lower chakras outside of the body open allowing Higher Sources and universal knowledge to come through. It takes time and practice, but as you do this you will find your body, soul and mind responding in a positive manner. You will feel calm, at peace and energized. All blockages will be gone and you will be ready to take on life, its forces and situations with a positive attitude.

As you advance take time to be a teacher. Share your information, knowledge and expertise with others but never stop learning or being a student and accepting other information and knowledge that may be different from your own. When we accept the differences that separate us, we advance as the Christ and Universal Consciousness in Oneness with the Higher Source.

We can reach out; opening our minds and our hearts, letting our souls breathe. We can let go and allow God and the Universe assist to us in our development.

In our personal and professional lives, the Golden Rule applies-treat and respect others as we ourselves want to be treated and respected.  When we practice our spirituality in our daily lives we find many answers to questions and problems in a timely manner. We will intuitively know the right information to assist us in each situation. 

  TUNE IN & TURN ON TO THE GOD WITHIN Published in the Twin Cities Wellness May 1998 By Rose Ann Schwab

Throughout our life time, we have always had some gut reaction or inner knowledge about things that are happening. This is all part of the God-given abilities and gifts we all have. How we use them determines their development. Many business deals or things done in our lives are done with a lot of research, education, practice and application of this knowledge we have obtained. This is the same way with developing spiritual and psychic abilities.

We all have been given these abilities, but it takes research, education, practice and application of these gifts/abilities to develop and advance them. It is important in this instance to learn as much as you can through mediation, prayer, seminars, lectures, books, tapes and such, to help fill in the inner knowledge and prepare the spirit/soul for this Spiritual Awakening. When we talk about gut reactions and instincts, we are talking about our inner knowledge and guidance. Whether you call it guidance from the divine, angels or our higher selves, we are guided in our steps in life as we learn, experience and grow from these experiences. Many times these instincts have guided us from death, from violence, from money or business losses, tec.

Are we really aware that there is a higher order watching out for us? In most cases, no. We are so involved with ourselves that we are not aware of the glory around us. There is glory in God's creations, glory in the beauty He created, glory in the things we do for one another out of kindness, unselfishness and love. God rewards us when we listen to these instincts. Developing your instincts and fine tuning them is the first thing that you must do. Place complete trust in the Divine to guide you in the right steps and you will succeed.

Trust in the knowledge that is given to you is important for your development. To test this knowledge and to make sure it is from the Divine and Higher Good, always ask yes and no questions. When the answer is the correct response you will feel inner peace and guidance as well as the inner energy of light. I call it "the flame of the Divine", the positive energy force. When it is the wrong thing to do, you will experiences doubt, butterflies, churning stomach. These are just a few of the symptoms. You will feel more negativity as well as darkness. Trusting and believing that you will receive the knowledge and guidance from the Higher Good advances the soul.

Always surround yourself in your mind with white light, or God's light when you are asking for guidance. This is a form of protection that helps the positive energies of God and His light to assist you. With the many forms of darkness surround us all in everyday life, such as negativity, anger, and so on, makes it very difficult for the higher positive energy of the Divine to come through.

It is also very important to know you have these gifts and abilities deep inside of you and if you work with them in the light, they will develop fully. We all need to also realize one person's rate of advancement id different than someone else's.

We are all given in time, what the Higher Good feels we can handle. As your gifts and abilities develop, you will sense a deep hunger and thirst for knowledge including spiritual knowledge. The Higher Good and God Consciousness will direct you to the material and information that will benefit you at this time..

Never stop learning. As you learn, share your information with others, become a teacher, but don't stop being a student. When you do this, you will also take part in an equilibrium of positive light force of being student and teacher. We are all students and teachers, helping one another all through life. We are never a student, then advance completely to all teaching. If we understand this, we will continue to advance spiritually and psychically. The cycle is always changing. No one individual will always be the student or the teacher, it will be both in exchange of the positive light force.

Take the time to pray and meditate correctly. Don't just do it half way and expect immediate results. This step is one of the most important steps. Complete trust in your development and abilities as well as complete and total guidance from the light/universe is essential. Gods' light, love and peace to all.

 

 
   

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